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KCSO, SLED solve 2008 murder case

Posted: August 30, 2011 5:06 p.m.
Updated: August 31, 2011 5:00 a.m.

Thanks to the combined efforts of a Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) investigator and S.C. Law Enforcement Division (SLED) agent, five men are facing murder charges in a 3-year-old home invasion and murder case. All five of the men are already in prison, two of them for another home invasion and murder this May.

Frank Terrance Singleton, 23, and Randy Arthur Lewis, 27, both of Camden, continue to be held at the Kershaw County Detention Center for their roles in a string of home invasions and armed robberies -- including that of the Dusty Bend Food Lion in Camden -- that ended with the May 16 murder of 39-year-old Michael Hayes. Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said Singleton, the alleged shooter, faces charges of murder, two counts of kidnapping, armed robbery, first-degree burglary, conspiracy and weapons charges. Lewis faces charges of kidnapping, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and accessory before the fact.

Three other men are in jail for the May home invasion and murder: Arthur Macklin III, 24; Jerome Ricky Lewis, 24 (Randy Lewis’ cousin); and Curtis Quandal Drakeford. Macklin faces charges of murder, two counts of kidnapping, armed robbery, first-degree burglary and conspiracy. Jerome Lewis faces charges of murder, two counts of kidnapping, armed robbery, first-degree burglary, conspiracy and weapons charges. Drakeford faces charges of murder, armed robbery and being an accessory after the fact.

Matthews said Tuesday an investigator received a tip about the November 2008 home invasion and murder on Red Maple Road near the town of Kershaw while investigating this year’s case.

“The Kershaw County sheriff’s investigator contacted a SLED agent who works closely with the sheriff’s office and they followed up on this tip and began interviewing numerous individuals,” Matthews said. “Over a six-week period, the KCSO investigator and SLED agent travelled all over the state and eventually to a prison in Pennsylvania interviewing individuals who had knowledge of the 2008 incident.”

Now, Singleton, Randy Lewis and three others are being charged in connection with the murder of Robert Mackey. Mackey later died while another victim survived gunshot wounds in the Nov. 14, 2008, home invasion.

“While this home invasion and robbery was in progress, Robert Sullivan came to the residence to visit Mackey. As the robbers attempted to force Sullivan into the home, one of the robbers shot Sullivan in the head. Sullivan ultimately survived his injuries. Mackey, however, was shot numerous times and died in January 2009 from those gunshot wounds,” Matthews said.

Singleton and Randy Lewis now face charges of murder, armed robbery and first-degree burglary in connection with Mackey’s death. Singleton faces an additional charge of possession of a weapon during a violent crime, the sheriff said. Investigators have also served warrants on William McKnight Smith, 21, of Rembert; Richard Herman Roach III, 22, of Camden; and Darien Leon Jackson, 24, of Cassatt. Matthews said Roach is the suspect investigators located in a Pennsylvania prison being held on federal narcotics charges.

All three men face murder, armed robbery and first-degree burglary charges; Smith and Jackson face the additional charge of possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

“My investigator and the SLED agent who worked with him did an outstanding job on this investigation,” Matthews said. “Cold cases, especially homicides, are very difficult to solve. I commend their efforts. We have notified Mr. Mackey’s family and they are obviously relieved that these men have been identified.”

Matthews said investigators expect additional arrests in the 2008 case as well as other unsolved cases. He said Smith, Roach and Jackson have either been convicted or are awaiting trial for other crimes.

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